|Posted on 22 December, 2013 at 9:35|
How do you know if you are hypnotised or, as some would say, 'in a trance'? Alternatively, one could ask, how do you know when you are not hypnotised? And how does visualisation help you achieve your goals?
The various tests of so-called hypnotizability, such as arm levitation, can all be fairly readily 'faked,' consciously or unconsciously. So what is the difference between faking and not faking? And does it matter?
The imagination can pave the way for the real to enter. If you 'genuinely fake' a smile, even though you are not initially feeling happy, then very soon you will notice happiness invading, and the smile becomes a real one. I say, 'genuinely fake' because half-hearted faking is no good.
And by the way, the root of the word fake may derive from the Latin facere, to do. Acting 'as if' can prepare the way for a genuine change. And hypnotherapy can be seen in some ways as an exercise in imagination, as imagination is part of the language of the subconscious. However, never be satisfied only with imagination. The imagined makes way for the real, but only if the imagination keeps you seeking for the real.
When people believe they are in a hypnotic trance, they often have a sense of a non-volitional character to their actions, inner and outer. That is, the initiative appears to have been taken over by something other than oneself. This of course is not the external hypnotist, who is only a guide, but it is simply a lesser known part of ourselves, sometimes called the subconscious, which is usually hidden and forgotten about. When we know how to call upon these subconscious resources within us, then a great deal is possible which before may have seemed impossible.
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